By Paul Robinson

6th Mar, 2020 | 10:55am

'Outstanding' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to major Everton announcement

Paul Robinson claimed “outstanding” Mason Holgate has been one of the “best performers” at Everton this campaign after the defender signed a new long-term deal with the club.

The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 23-year-old has now developed into the player many “thought he was a few years ago.”

Holgate has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Toffees, which was announced earlier this week and ties him to Goodison Park until June 2025.

The centre-back, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, has cemented his place at the heart of Carlo Ancelotti’s alongside Yerry Mina.

Robinson credited the loan move to The Hawthorns for allowing the defender to realise that centre-half is his best position.

“Good news for Everton and good news for him,” Robinson told Football Insider.

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“This season he has developed into the player that people thought he was a few years ago. This year was the first year that he has taken it with both hands.

“He and Tom Davies, even when Everton were not playing well, were outstanding. He has been one of Everton’s best performers this year and he has been rewarded with a new contract.

“When he was on loan last year he probably could not see it coming. The loan seems to have helped him find his place at centre-back, he seems a lot more comfortable. Holgate has really come into his own.”

Holgate was reportedly the subject of interest from Manchester City, as revealed by Football Insider, but the new deal suggests a move is now unlikely.

The former England under-21 international has made 26 appearances for the Blues this season, scoring once.

In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider under-fire player will “bounce back” at Goodison Park.